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Eintracht’s 42-year wait for Frankfurt for the European trophy is over.
The German club finished the title with a penalty shootout victory over Rangers in the Europa League final on Wednesday.
Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp made a big save at the end of extra time and another in the series to help Frankfurt win 5-4 on penalties. The game ended with a score of 1: 1 after the main and extra time.
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Colombian striker Rafael Barre, who equalized in the second half for Frankfurt, scored a decisive penalty and won the club’s first European trophy since the 1980 UEFA Cup, the predecessor of the Europa League. The victory also guarantees Frankfurt’s first appearance in the Champions League next season.
“It’s unbelievable,” Trapp said. “I’m still trying to catch my breath. For us, for Frankfurt, for the region. For all of Germany, I think it’s a great thing. The opportunity to give back to our fans in this way is special.”
Trapp, a former Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper, made a key save in the final minutes of extra time, stretching his leg to stop a close-range shot by Ryan Kent. The veteran goalkeeper used his left foot to stop Aaron Ramsey’s penalty shootout in a series of series that began celebrations in the “white wall” of Frankfurt fans behind the opposite gate.
In Germany, too, there were wild festivities when Frankfurt fans filled the club stadium to watch a telecast of the final.
Joe Ariba put the Rangers ahead in the 57th minute and Barre equalized in the 69th in Frankfurt, becoming the third team to reach the Europa League undefeated after Chelsea in 2019 and Villarreal in 2021.
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Ramsey, a former Arsenal and Juventus midfielder, entered the match in the final minutes of extra time to hit the bullshit. Christopher Lenz, Ajdin Khrustic, Daiichi Komada and Philipp Kostic also scored penalties for Frankfurt, while James Tavernier, Stephen Davis, Scott Airfield and Kemar Ruf found a net for the Rangers in a series of bullets.
“It’s a small margin when you get to this stage of the competition,” said Captain Rangers Tavernier. “It was in our own hands, but we missed that goal and then Trapp makes a great save from Ryan Kent. Then he makes a save in a shootout and we’re all just devastated.”
Rangers coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst said Kent’s miss made a difference.
“You have to kill them, especially in the last minutes,” he said.
The Rangers tried to win their first European title after the 1972 Cup Winners’ Cup. The Scottish club also lost to St. Petersburg’s Zenit in the 2008 UEFA Cup. He tried to limit returns 10 years after being sent to the lower divisions due to the financial crisis.
“It will hurt,” said Rangers midfielder Davis. “We know how difficult it will be to get back to this stage.”
Frankfurt will return to the top league of European competitions for the first time since 1960, when it lost in the final of the European Cup to Real Madrid in Glasgow.
The game was basically equal until the Brazilian defender Frankfurt Tuta made a mistake, stumbling, trying to drive away the usual blow to the head. This allowed Aribo to slip past him and open the scoring at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium of Seville, calmly directing a low shot past Trapp.
Tuta had to be replaced after an injury as a result of the incident. It was Aribo’s first goal in the Europa League this season.
12 minutes later, Frankfurt equalized when Barre passed between the two defenders and realized a pass from Kostich from the left flank. He came from central defender Calvin Bessie to send the ball past veteran goalkeeper Alan McGregor.
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Before the match, there was violence with fans near the stadium, fans of both clubs threw chairs and tables at each other. Five German fans were detained the night before after a clash with police. More than 150,000 fans came to the city in southern Spain, most of them without tickets to the finals at the 43,000-seat stadium.